2009 Professional Achievement Award Winner
B.A. Architecture, 1963
George Acock has literally left his mark on the Ohio State University campus.
Acock is among the most distinguished graduates of the Knowlton School of Architecture. He has designed many high-profile buildings on and near the Columbus campus, including the Health Sciences Library, the new Student Academic Services Building, and the community center and child care facility at Buckeye Village. Acock also has been hired to add to the Hall Housing Complex
Even those projects pale in comparison to Acock's role in the $108 million restoration of the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. Acock worked with a team of 78 architects, engineers, and designers to restore, renovate, and expand the library to a new level of grandeur. The project included extending the boundaries of the Oval to the west so that the library once again sits inside it.
"The old library was the soul of the university, and the new one will be even more so. It will truly be one of the most visited and loved architectural and social spaces on campus," said Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian, director of the Knowlton School of Architecture."George's tireless enthusiasm for the project in which he honors the old and pushes forward the new is ever-present as he gives tour after tour to interested constituents and visitors."
Acock's dedication to the university has been apparent since his graduation 46 years ago. An avid painter, Acock has donated countless watercolors of campus buildings to various fund-raising causes over the years, including a series of the buildings that surround the Oval. He offered these particular pieces to raise money for the library renovation, and he donated proceeds of an exhibition at the Faculty Club to benefit a scholarship in his name. He has traveled to Italy with students to teach them how to paint watercolors from site observations.
Acock has also worked on many other Columbus landmarks, including the Limited Brands headquarters and distribution centers, EMHT office building, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Capital University Law School, and Fifth Third Bank.
"I always enjoy being with George Acock. There is an aura of goodwill, positive feelings, and accomplishment that surrounds him," said Joseph L. Branin, former director of university libraries. "I have never seen him down or discouraged. He makes beautiful things-whether buildings, art, or friendships-that improve and delight our community. In my 10 years at Ohio State, he is one of the most talented, selfless, and accomplished individuals I have met."